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Funny Quotations about Certainty and Doubt

quotations about certainty and doubt

In the grand human odyssey, the twin concepts of certainty and doubt serve as our constant companions. Certainty, with its comforting embrace, offers us a sense of security and confidence, anchoring us amidst life's tumultuous seas. Doubt, on the other hand, serves as the driving force that prompts us to question, to learn, and to grow. It is the catalyst that sparks curiosity and fuels the pursuit of knowledge.

From the profundity of philosophers' musings to the sharp wit of comedians' observations, the dynamics of certainty and doubt have been explored in countless ways. These themes have provided fertile ground for some of the most memorable thoughts and expressions, casting light on our shared human experience in ways that are insightful, thought-provoking, and often, delightfully humorous.

These quotations, curated from a wide spectrum of voices, invite you to explore the nuances of certainty and doubt. They remind us that while certainty can provide comfort, it is often doubt that propels us towards growth and discovery. As we traverse these quotations, let's celebrate the balance between knowing and questioning, and the wisdom that resides in both.

"The only thing I know for certain is that I know nothing." Socrates (Greek philosopher, 470-399 BC)

"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence." Charles Bukowski (German-born American writer, 1920-94)

"I am certain there is too much certainty in the world." Michael Crichton (American author, 1942-2008)

"To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target." Ashleigh Brilliant (American writer and cartoonist, 1933-)

I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm *not too sure.*certain.*definitely gay.* Tommy Cooper (British comedian, 1921-84)

"If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?" Scott Adams (American cartoonist, 1957-)

"The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next." Ursula K. Le Guin (American writer, 1929-2018)

To be uncertain is uncomfortable, but to be certain is *ridiculous.*smart.*a sign of confidence.* Voltaire (French writer and philosopher, 1694-1778)

"I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910) on worrying about uncertainties

"I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road." Stephen Hawking (English theoretical physicist, 1942-2018)

"The *future*game*past* ain't what it used to be." Yogi Berra (American baseball player, 1925-2015)

"There are only two certainties in life: death and *taxes.*nurses.*pain.* And at least death doesn't repeat itself annually." Anon

"He used to be fairly indecisive, but now he's not so certain." Peter Alliss (English golfer, 1931-)

"I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it?" Joan Baez (American singer and songwriter, 1941-)

"Of course not, but I am told it works even if you don't believe in it." Niels Bohr (Danish physicist, 1885-1962) when asked whether a horseshoe brings luck

The archbishop [Archbishop Runcie] is usually to be found nailing his colours to the *fence.*mast.*the bench.* Frank Field (British Labour politician, 1942-)

I'll give you a definite *maybe.*yes.*no.* Sam Goldwyn (American film producer, 1882-1974)

Well, who you gonna believe, me or your *own eyes?*mother?*dog?* Bert Kalmar (screenwriter, 1884-1947)

"I wish I was as cocksure of anything as Tom Macaulay is of everything." Lord Melbourne (British Whig statesman, 1779-1848)

"I am not denying anything I did not say." Brian Mulroney (Canadian Conservative statesman, 1939-)

"To convince Cezanne [French artist] of anything is like teaching *the towers of Notre Dame*a dog*a bishop* to dance." Emile Zola (French novelist, 1840-1902)

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